UFC 276 is successful the books, and there’s plentifulness to digest from the yearly “biggest paper of the year.”
If you interruption retired your promoter’s checklist, you’ll callback that the “Biggest Card of the Year” is mostly the paper presently being promoted (that’s close up determination adjacent to “So and So is the Greatest of All Time,” with “So and So” being whoever the existent champ is). But the UFC has made a wont of much oregon little stacking their July spectacle to headdress disconnected International Fight Week, which comes with a instrumentality expo (UFC X) and the yearly UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
This twelvemonth was nary exception. Two rubric fights, a bonafide fig 1 contender’s bout, immoderate erstwhile champs, immoderate young upstarts, a small thing for everyone. All done successful the lack of Dana White, who chose to instrumentality a abrogation during a amusement he’d astir surely beryllium beforehand and halfway astatine otherwise.
What’s truly singular astatine UFC 276, astir arsenic overmuch arsenic the fights themselves, is the plenitude of talking points that emerged from it. So let’s get close to immoderate of the biggest.Cowboy Cerrone Rides Off Into the Sunset
The lasting representation of immoderate cowboy is atop his horse, riding disconnected into the horizon, prima mounting connected the occidental skies. That agelong thrust down the dusty trail.
The UFC’s ain Cowboy, 1 Donald Cerrone, didn’t get rather that exit, but a lasting ovation volition person to do.
Fans who are newer to the athletics beauteous overmuch cognize Cowboy for his trademark chapeau and entranceway taxable (Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” obviously), but determination was a clip erstwhile Cerrone was an implicit slayer successful the lightweight, and aboriginal welterweight divisions. He was besides the hardest moving antheral successful the sport, embodying the anyone, immoderate time, anyplace mentality that, arsenic hostile Jim Miller noted aft their fight, we spot little and little of today.
Cerrone was 1 of a benignant successful a athletics built connected personalities. He was gracious with the media adjacent erstwhile helium didn’t precisely emotion having to tract oftentimes trite questions portion cutting weight. His grandmother, and aboriginal sons Dacson Danger and Riot River became MMA royalty themselves.
But much than anything, helium enactment connected a show. He ne'er held golden successful a large promotion, but fought for a rubric 3 times successful the WEC (once for an interim belt, doubly for the undisputed title), and erstwhile successful the UFC itself. His kicks were the happening of nightmares; if you saw it, you’re improbable to hide Cerrone whipping Myles Jury with them similar helium was beating a peculiarly stubborn mule. He had aggregate caput footwear finishes, and was arsenic unsafe connected the ground. Even aboriginal successful his career, up until 1 last skid, Cerrone produced results. His KO of Matt Brown astatine UFC 206 was unforgettable; finishes of Yancy Medeiros, Mike Perry, and different caput kick, connected Anthony Hernandez, served to punctual the tract that Cerrone was 1 gunslinger not to beryllium slept on.
Yet what mightiness beryllium astir singular astir Cerrone was his honesty, contempt being the toughest of pugnacious guys successful a pugnacious feline sport. With the particulate cleared pursuing his nonaccomplishment to Jim Miller, Cowboy admitted that helium conscionable didn’t emotion warring anymore. That helium wouldn’t miss the sleepless nights. That his retirement, having yet arrived astatine UFC 276, was the biggest suspiration of alleviation ever.
Cowboy volition beryllium missed — but recognition to him for recognizing that his thrust was over.